Pronunciation key

( ēlgras′ )
( ēlgräs )



A marine plant with long narrow leaves which grows under water in shallow ocean inlets especially in the North Atlantic.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Plantae – Vegetal, plants
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae – green plants
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants, tracheophytes
Subdivision Spermatophytina – spermatophytes, seed plants
Infradivision Angiospermae – flowering plants, angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Lilianae – monocots, monocotyledons, monocotylédones
Order Alismatales
Family Zosteraceae – eel grass, eelgrass
Genus Zostera L. – eelgrass
Direct Children:
Species Zostera asiatica Miki
Species Zostera japonica Asch. & Graebn. – dwarf eelgrass
Species Zostera marina L. – eelgrass, seawrack
Species Zostera noltii Hornem.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Zostera L., Taxonomic Serial No.: 39073
  • Eelgrass, (Zostera Marina), Faculty Research: Dr. Charles Epifanio
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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Eelgrass ON EXHIBIT
  • Island Guardian: Study Of Local Eelgrass
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